COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced the appointment of Kathleen Burke, a highly-regarded Ohio attorney, as the Ohio Lottery Commission executive director.
60-year-old Burke, of Shaker Heights, is currently a partner at Jones Day in Cleveland, where she has been a corporate litigator since 1973.
"Kathy has established herself as an attorney with impeccable integrity and credentials through her work as a partner at one of the nation's largest law firms and as a leader in her community," Strickland said. "Kathy is accustomed to managing people, projects and organizations and achieving results. Her role as a corporate litigator has required her to repeatedly take on very complex cases with high monetary stakes. I am confident that Kathy's character, skills and commitment to service will be of great value to the Ohio Lottery Commission."
A corporate litigator for more than three decades, Burke has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation and appellate practice in state and federal courts.
Burke served as the first woman president of the Ohio State Bar Association from 1993-1994. As president, she led the successful effort to, for the first time, have the Supreme Court establish contribution limits for judicial campaigns.
She also served as president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation from 2000-2001 and is currently a board member for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.
Burke is a member of the Notre Dame College board of trustees, serving as chair from 2002-2006. She has also served in numerous leadership capacities for the American Bar Association, including her current role as state delegate for Ohio and co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force.
Additionally, Burke has received numerous professional recognitions. Crain's Cleveland Business recognized her as a Woman of Note in September 2002, and she was named by Cleveland Magazine as one of the 29 Most Influential Women in Business in 1997. She was recognized in the 2007-2009 editions of "The Best Lawyers in America" and received the 2008 St. Thomas More Award from the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
"I am grateful to Governor Strickland for giving me his confidence and the opportunity to take on this new responsibility in service to the state," Burke said.
"I will draw on my experience in the business community as a corporate litigator for more than 30 years to ensure the Ohio Lottery's continued success," Burke said. "I believe that leadership involves providing strategic direction to an organization, inspiring people to do their best and setting an ethical tone. Along with the ongoing operations of the Ohio Lottery, we have a lot of work to do between now and May of next year. It is important that we not only get the job done, but that we do it in a way that assures the confidence of the people of Ohio."
Burke will begin as executive director on August 24. Her salary will be $129,500 annually. She has asked current executive director Mike Dolan to serve in an advisory capacity for the transition for a duration of one to two months.
Burke received a bachelor's degree from St. John's University in New York City in 1969 and a law degree from St. John's University in 1973. In the time between receiving her bachelor's degree and returning to law school, Burke served as a reporter for the Yonkers Herald Statesman, a Gannett newspaper in Yonkers, N.Y., and also worked for CBS Network News.